Are you planning to build a cannabis manufacturing laboratory? Connecting with equipment vendors, optimizing floor plans, and getting equipment up and running can be a challenging and time-consuming task—but don’t worry, lab design architects got you covered! We have partnered with the best and most reliable vendors in the world to provide you with the best equipment at the best prices, and we have years of experience in setting up and operating cannabis laboratories around the globe—so we can help build your cannabis testing lab too!
Why worry about the type of heating oils, coolants, electrical connections, and other laboratory equipment while you are busy setting up your new business? A simple vacuum leak can be frustrating and may prevent you from operating for hours or days unless you know how to troubleshoot this issue. Allow VSE to take control of this tedious aspect of your project so that you can focus on building your new business.
Maybe you are looking to build your hemp or cannabis kitchen. Don’t make the mistake of using non-commercial-grade equipment and supplies in your operation. Don’t waste money buying under/oversized kitchens or equipment you don’t need. At Varin Science & Engineering, we can design and build a commercial-grade kitchen to suit all your needs.
Our team of professional laboratory technicians can handle everything from floorplan design, equipment selection, layout optimization, startup, and operations while meeting code compliance, safety protocols, and security. We will take care of all lab essentials to make your lab design a perfect workspace. Let us help you get over all the hurdles, so your road to success becomes easy. After the laboratory is up & running, we can prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and train your staff. After all, your success is our success!
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Five Tips to Consider When Building a Cannabis Laboratory
Assuming that you’ve optimized your cannabis testing equipment layout and lab flow for maximum efficiency, we offer several other often overlooked aspects to consider when designing your cannabis lab:
Hide the Vacuum Pumps
Vacuum pumps used on rotary evaporators, distillation equipment, and other solvent recovery systems can be loud and noisy, adding unnecessary background noise to the lab environment. Do yourself and your staff a favor by locating these on an outside wall or separate mechanical room.
Code Compliance with Flammables
The Fire Department usually has authority here, and they may be one of the last groups involved in the permit review process. If you plan hydrocarbon or ethanol storage, but sure you have enough allowable space to meet your production goals. In the case of ethanol, some jurisdictions may require an outgassing area for spent biomass which may need more space than anticipated, and possibly emissions permit from the air pollution control authority.
The last thing you want to do is work all weekend to relocate equipment to install or reinstall flooring. Epoxy coatings are the most common and durable, but depending on the solvent type and use, a special coating may be required on top of the epoxy for added solvent protection. If you’re planning GMP, there may be other criteria to consider
Correct Electrical Placement & Load
Lab equipment often requires substantial electrical energy to operate. The circuit panel breakers will trip and temporarily interrupt production if electrical loads are exceeded. Hire a competent electrician to estimate the entire electrical load when all equipment is operational. Be sure the electrical requirements (e.g., 110 or 220 volts, single or three phases) match the equipment and locations in your design.
Lab equipment releases considerable waste heat. Unless this equipment is located in a hood or controller air environment (like a C1D1 or C1D2 booth), waste heat can build up considerably and make for a poor work environment. For example, a simple five-ton walk-in freezer generates approximately 244,000 BTU per day of waste heat, requiring about 20 tons in cooling capacity.
Source Heating and Cooling Fluids in Advance: With COVID affecting the supply chain availability of many common industrial fluids, acquisition can be delayed or expensive. Dimethyl silicone, commonly used in heat recirculation devices, is in short supply and may be hard to find and costly. (Contact us if you need some, we have it in stock). Save a lot of money by buying in bulk, such as 55-gallon drums from chemical suppliers instead of overpriced, repackaged fluids from the local grow shop. Finally, be sure to use the equipment manufacturer’s recommended grade to avoid the warranty.